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Room. (Emma Donoghue, 2010)

“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world.  It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn.  There are endless wonders that let loose Jack’s imagination–the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below Ma’s clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes. 

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen–for seven years.  Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space.  But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation–and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Told in the poignant and funny voices of Jack, ‘Room’ is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.  It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel–but always deeply  human and always moving.  ‘Room’ is a place you will never forget.


Wow.  I honestly had no idea what this novel was about when I bought it “used” at an independent bookstore.  The title and cover actually made me think it was a romantic love story of some kind.  Boy, was I wrong!  I’m pleasantly surprised so far, though (just a little over halfway through the novel).  Emma Donoghue’s narration through a child’s perspective gives another dimension to the already riveting plot.  I had forgotten what it’s like to be five years old, but Jack’s imagination and descriptions brings back my own recollections of childhood.  I probably wasn’t nearly as smart as Jack, though.

One thing that irks me about Ma is how she’s still breast feeding him.  From a dental standpoint, a child drinking milk (from the breast or not) right before bed is a complete no-no!  The sticky carbohydrates attach like glue onto teeth and will be an almost certain source of cavities regardless of daytime hygiene habits.  So, Jack with oh so perfect teeth just because he brushes after meals cannot be so.  Take note, Emma Donoghue!


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